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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Apr. 25, 2013/ 15 Iyar, 5773

Murder? Not if you just kill a baby

By Glenn Garvin



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) Nearly a quarter-century has passed since The Los Angeles Times published a piece by the late David Shaw, then its media critic, arguing that the anti-abortion viewpoint didn't get fair treatment in the news media. Among the anecdotes he used to illustrate his case was that of a Boston Globe reporter who turned in a story on late-term abortions only to have an editor reject a sentence that described the operation "destroying" the fetus by "crushing forming skulls and bones." Said the editor: "As far as I'm concerned, until that thing is born, it is really no different from a kidney; it is part of the woman's body." So to use the word "destroy," the editor continued "is really to distort the issue."

At the time, I had two thoughts. One was that if the editor thought you can't destroy a body part, he ought to look at some pictures of lungs that have been exposed to cigarette smoke for 20 years. The other was how he could draw such a bright moral line: a crushable "thing" one moment, a baby the next. Is the act of passing down a birth canal really so momentous that it confers humanity on what is otherwise merely a discardable wad of tissue?

It seems that many abortion-rights activists worried about drawing that line, too. But what they wanted to do was erase it. The increasingly horrifying debate over what should happen to babies born live after attempted abortions has made it clear that what defines human life to the abortion-rights community is not viability but convenience.

The worst revelations — the stuff that will make you vomit at your desk — have come from testimony in the murder trial of a Philadelphia abortionist, Dr. Kermit Gosnell. You probably haven't read much about the case because newspapers outside Pennsylvania haven't been covering it. (Why not is a column of its own.)

Gosnell has been charged with murdering seven infants born alive after his botched abortions. And we are not talking about technically alive, their lungs heaving a few ragged times before giving out. These were "live, breathing, squirming babies," as the grand jury that indicted Gosnell declared in its report. Or they were until Gosnell chopped apart their spinal cords with scissors — "snipping," if you prefer his more delicate language.

And we are not really talking about seven, though that's the number in Gosnell's indictment. Evidence has indicated that live babies were born, and killed, by the score in Gosnell's clinic. One of his assistants (who has already pleaded guilty to murder) testified to personally taking part in nearly 100 of the so-called snippings. "It would rain fetuses," he said outside the courtroom. "Fetuses and blood all over the place. It is literally a beheading. It is separating the brain from the body."

Other babies were tossed in a toilet, so many that it often backed up and had to be cleaned out. One witness recalled an infant that "was, like swimming ... basically, trying to get out." Another was so large, she said, that the jolly Gosnell joked that "the baby is big enough that it could walk to the store or the bus stop." Until the doctor hacked its spine into pieces, anyway.

Gosnell hasn't been convicted of anything yet, and if he is, the abortion-rights folks will surely argue that he was a lone hack in an otherwise responsible industry. But if that's so, why do abortion-rights forces battle so tenaciously against laws to protect babies that survive abortions?

Barack Obama, when he was in the Illinois Legislature, voted against several bills that would ensure medical treatment for aborted babies born alive, saying doctors could be trusted to do the right thing. California Sen. Barbara Boxer went further, flatly declaring that an infant is fair game for an abortionist until "you bring your baby home." Buyer's-remorse protection for mothers!

Then there was the ringing proclamation of a Planned Parenthood lobbyist before the Florida Legislature last month. Asked what her group thought should happen to a "child that is struggling for life" after a botched abortion, Alisa LaPolt Snow replied: "Any decision that's made should be left up to the woman, her family and the physician." A stray dog gets more protection than that — he'll at least have a stay of execution for a few days to see if another family wants him.

But the blunt truth is that, to a lot of abortion-rights activists, stray dogs have more rights than babies. The same Philadelphia grand jury that indicted Gosnell revealed that his baby slaughterhouse went undetected for years because Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge's administration ordered the state health department to stop inspecting abortion clinics. "Officials concluded that inspections would be 'putting a barrier up to women' seeking abortions,'" the grand jury reported; after all, the only victims would be "infants without identities."

Those same officials were quite unimpressed with the grand jury's criticism. Shrugged Christine Dutton, the state health department's chief attorney: "People die." That's right, Ms. Dutton. People.

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Glenn Garvin is a columnist for the Miami Herald.

Previously:



03/14/13: A license to kill --- competition
02/28/13: The left's science deniers
01/17/13: Myths about assault weapons
12/20/12: Right to work? Workers vote with their feet
12/11/12: Obama's pipe dreams and fairy tales
11/11/12: The truth about the movie 'Won't Back Down'
11/01/12: In this clash of civilizations, the West seems to have a lot of fifth columnists
9/25/12: Obama's jobs math doesn't add up
6/22/12: Bath salts controversy --- when politicians become pushers
4/26/12: When R2D2 and C3P0 go to war
2/16/12: The profound lies of Deep Throat
12/22/11: Great moments in history? Not so much
11/30/11: Giving bullies a veto on the First Amendment
09/15/11: ‘Bloodsucking Progressives Must Die’ video game is acceptable?
06/28/11: Send this one back where it came from
06/23/11: Doesn't this president remind you of someone?
05/26/11: A new standard of racial correctness
05/12/11: ‘Vast wasteland’ speech 50 years later
04/13/11: Bay of Pigs fiasco offers lessons for Obama's Libya adventure
03/03/11: Inconvenient truth for teachers' unions
07/10/10: Still looking to score
06/22/10: Ripe for fraud and abuse
05/25/10: Big Brother picks your pocket
11/04/09: Have conservatives scored a stealth prime time drama?
08/27/09: Left's been out for blood, too
08/13/09: What's not being celebrated
07/31/09: Pay-or-play means more lost jobs
07/16/09: OAS turns a blind eye to violations by left
07/02/09: Nothing so shocking about this coup
06/22/09: Libs' darling strikes out
06/03/09: Yes, America should read Sotomayor's speech in context
05/20/09: ‘Bloody’ mission goes awry
05/07/09: The problem is they aren't just goofin'
04/30/09: Why can't students say ‘guns’ in school?
04/08/09: When non-U.S. citizens vote
03/2e/09: Of course the AIG bonus boys — the ‘best and the brightest‘ — deserve their loot
03/12/09: No choice in Free Choice Act

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